Concealed handgun bill vote: common sense shot down

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Hard to craft a scenario where Springfield could utterly fail more than last week when pensions, gay marriage and a casino deal all flamed out while a conceal carry law that just gave up on any common-sense precautions was readily approved.

Oak Park's Don Harmon, who rightly looked dejected while manning his booth at Sunday's Day in Our Village, voted against the gun deal and condemned it as an overreach in terms of local laws. That's a small bit of not much.

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John from OP  

Posted: June 5th, 2013 7:12 AM

Finally - we the citizens are able to protect and defend -- and do not have to be easy targets for the criminals who are carrying. They will now have to think twice on targets. They will not know. Progress.

skicker from chicago  

Posted: June 5th, 2013 3:17 AM

@ Heavens to Betsy: You DO realize NC is a SHALL issue state that honors ALL other CCWP issuing states licenses do you not ??? http://handgunlaw.us/states/northcarolina.pdf 49 other states allow what IL has been denying it's law abiding citizens since 1968. So your point of moving is sort of moot!

Heavens to Betsy  

Posted: June 4th, 2013 10:53 PM

Thanks for trying kind sir. I've warned OPRF residents for many years about the outcome of firearms in our peaceful community. Now, we have failed and the streets will turn into laredo. The wild west has come to oakpark and people will pack hand canons in there pants. Were moving to North Carolina to get away from these gun nuts.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: June 4th, 2013 10:28 PM

hard to say that 'common sense' went out the window in the sense meant in this editorial when the bill that passed that has a hefty amount of GFZ, a $150 price tag and contains the most hours training in the country. This was a compromise of a compromise bill. Nobody is really happy with this legislation. I'd say that common sense went out the window when the 7th circuit granted a 30 day stay in moore v madigan after the legislature wasted the first 180 day window.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: June 4th, 2013 10:15 PM

Thanks for trying, Senator Harmon.

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